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Old 06-23-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
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I have a Honda EU 3000 inverter generator. I am going to do an oil change on it today. I have been told, that these engines run ever better on full synthetic oil and that it even improves the sound levels from them. I am looking for input on this. I have had great performance on other types of units in my business, using both Honda and synthetic. If you consider this a good idea, is there any particular brand that you recommend?
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:29 AM   #2
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I run synthetic in everything. Especially gennies that tend to sit around idle.
Been running EUs and EF for a little over 5yrs with synthetic installed outta the box.

Cant say it reduces mechanical noise as my hondas and yamahas are pretty quiet anyways.
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I run syn in everything too and have for years. Just use the same weight recommended by the mfg. As far as Brand, I've probably used them all, I just grab what's available at the time as you'll never detect a difference.
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It is my understanding that they should be broken in using the installed oil. Then convert to synthetic after 20-30 hours of run time. Any thoughts?
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It is my understanding that they should be broken in using the installed oil. Then convert to synthetic after 20-30 hours of run time. Any thoughts?
I don't think that is true. Heard that years ago but I think that caution has been removed.
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Yep, will be an old wives tale for years to come
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It is my understanding that they should be broken in using the installed oil. Then convert to synthetic after 20-30 hours of run time. Any thoughts?
no. Break in occurs withing 10 mins of running. With nickasil'd lined bores... no need to follow old "iron" recommended break in procedures.
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Thank you for your guidance. I am thinking of using Lucas 4 cycle full synthetic. What are your thoughts?
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my 3000i gets what Honda recommends. It got 36 hrs of use these past 3 days...and was flawless as always
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I use what the manufacturer recommends, nothing less. If dino oil is good enough for Cummins or Honda that's all it needs.
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You can easilly find comparisons of different sythetics with a quick google search. I am personally a big believer in synthetics, particularly in air cooled engines where the heat generated can cause a dino oil's additive package to break down sooner.

A friend of mine is the maintenance director for a FBO (Fixed Base Operation) that provides maintenance service for several privately owned aircraft and all of the aircraft for a medflight company. He also in an RV'er. His recommendation is synthetic oil and no additives. He's been in the business for around 40 years and I trust his recommendation.
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